The Chair of Judges, Jim Harré, carefully selected 15 experienced wine judges for the 2017 New World Wine Awards. He specifically sought well known and well respected judges, who could provide a range of expertise on different styles and varietals of wine. In addition, Jim and Sam Kim trained the six Associate Judges, all Liquor Managers selected from New World stores, who undertook special training for the event. They provide a score and opinion on each wine, but their scores don’t count towards the final mark. The world-class backroom team of Stewards was lead by Shona White.

Jim Harré, Chair of Judges

Jim Harré’s passion for wine runs in the family – his grandfather, father and brother were all winemakers and his other brother is involved in the wine and food industry in France. Jim has been involved in the New World Wine Awards since 2008, this being his 10th year as Chair of the Judging Panel. Jim has extensive experience judging in New Zealand as well as in Australia, China, Japan, UK and USA. His roles include Panel Chair for New Zealand Winegrowers, Chair of Judges for the China and Japan Wine Challenge, Chair of Judges for the Australian Small Winemakers Show, Chair of Judges for the International Aromatic Wine Show, Panel Chair for the International Wine Challenge in London and a wine consultant for Air New Zealand. Passionate about all aspects of wine and food, Jim is looking forward to the 2017 New World Wine Awards and celebrating the 15th year of this wine show.

Meg Brodtmann MW, International Judge

Meg Brodtmann began her winemaking career in Australia before making a name for herself across Europe and South America as a winemaking consultant for Cellarworld International in the UK. Meg spent seven years in Chile working as a senior winemaker, broker and consultant. Upon her return to Australia in 2008 as a renowned and respected member of the Australian and international wine industry, Meg re-established Southern Cross Wines (Australia). Since then she has worked with Cellarmaster Wines as their Victorian Brand Champion and also teaches WSET Levels 2 to 4 (Diploma) at Prince Wine Store in Melbourne. Meg is the Senior Winemaker at Helen & Joey Estate in the Yarra Valley and Chair of the International Cool Climate Wine Show. She judges at various regional and international wine shows and we’re very pleased to welcome her to the New World Wine Awards judging panel for the first time in 2017.

Jack Glover, Panel Chair

Jack Glover grew up in Marlborough with a family heavily involved in the wine business. After studying oenology and wine marketing, Jack went on to gain experience in the Barossa Valley, Napa Valley and Marlborough. Jack joined Pernod Ricard in 2006, before moving back to Marlborough in 2011 to shift his focus to export markets, as Sales and Marketing Director for The Mud House Wine Group. Mud House was acquired by Accolade Wines in 2014, where he is now General Manager. Jack has judged at wine competitions both in New Zealand and internationally, most notably as a senior judge at the International Wine Challenge in London. He is currently studying towards a Master of Wine qualification.

Olly Masters, Panel Chair

Olly Masters is currently winemaker at Misha’s Vineyard in Central Otago, as well as running his own winery/vineyard consulting business Tripwire Consulting. Olly has formed a reputation as being one New Zealand’s most prominent winemakers and wine judges, consistently forging some of New Zealand’s finest Pinot Noirs. With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, Olly has chaired the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards and is a senior wine judge at many wine competitions in New Zealand and overseas. He is based in Martinborough, where he farms two acres of Pinot and Syrah grapes.

Sam Kim, Panel Chair

Auckland-based Sam Kim has been involved in the New Zealand hospitality and wine industry for over 29 years. During this time he has accumulated 20 years of experience judging for various national and global wine competitions and magazines, including the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, New Zealand International Wine Show, the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, Decanter Asia Wine Awards, the New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition, Spiegelau International Wine Competition, Marlborough Wine Show and Cuisine magazine. He regularly writes for numerous trade magazines and publishes his own web-based wine magazine, which features reviews of both New Zealand and international wines.

Sarah-Kate Dineen, Panel Chair

Sarah-Kate and her husband Dan established family-owned wine company Maude Wines in Wanaka in 1994. Both winemakers have a depth of winemaking experience after working in the Hunter Valley, Australia and Europe. Sarah-Kate was an inaugural Len Evans Scholar and has been a judge and panel chair of several capital and regional wine shows in Australia. Sarah-Kate now enjoys judging many New Zealand wine shows including the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, Romeo Bragato Wine Awards and the New World Wine Awards, where she judged from 2010-2014. We’re very pleased to be welcoming her back for 2017.

Simon Nunns, Panel Chair

Simon Nunns has been the head winemaker at Coopers Creek Vineyard in Auckland since 1998. Simon has been a senior judge in all major New Zealand wine shows and is a highly sought after educator and speaker. Simon features regularly in Cuisine and Winestate magazines as a judging panellist and has a passion for alternative grape varietals. He was awarded the inaugural Jason Winter Memorial Prize for academic achievement while completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology from Lincoln University. He has worked vintages in both the United States and France, in the regions of Oregon, Bordeaux and Burgundy.

Barry Riwai

With extensive experience in winemaking, particularly Chardonnay, Barry Riwai is currently a winemaker at Alpha Domus in Hastings. Barry has also worked for Clearview Estate Winery, Ngatarawa Wines, Church Road Winery and in the Loire and Bordeaux regions. Barry has judged at New Zealand and Australian wine shows for many years, including the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, Spiegelau International Wine Competition, Romeo Bragato Wine Awards and Australia’s leading event, the National Wine Show. Barry’s wife Amelia is also a winemaker with her own consultancy business, Swirl Wine. They currently live in Napier with their three young children.

Ben Glover

Ben is the ‘Janitor’ for his Glover Family Vineyards wine business – always cleaning up and ensuring that Zephyr Wines are true to their single site in Marlborough. The family dairy farm was converted to vines in the late 1980s and this inspired Ben to attend Lincoln University and complete a Postgraduate Degree in Viticulture and Oenology. Now with 20 years’ experience as both a winemaker and an international wine judge, he has his palate on the pulse. He was an inaugural Len Evans Scholar, was Chair of the Pinot Noir NZ celebration in January and is currently Chair of the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards.

Cameron Douglas, MS

Cameron Douglas is an experienced wine writer, commentator, judge, reviewer, presenter and consultant. He carries the Master Sommelier credential and is the first in New Zealand to receive this prestigious qualification, which is deemed the world’s most prestigious wine qualification. Cameron has an enthusiasm for all things beverage – teaching, travelling, tasting, talking, presenting and judging wine regularly in the USA, UK, Australia and Asia. Much of Cameron’s time is devoted to education, heading the Wine and Beverage Programme at AUT and consulting for the New Zealand wine, hospitality and tourism sectors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas and is committed to being an instructor and examiner for the MS programme both in the USA and Oceania. 

Dr Rebecca Deed

Dr Rebecca Deed’s scientific background and her aptitude for tasting wine led to her becoming a new judge at this year’s New World Wine Awards. Rebecca graduated from the University of Auckland with a PhD in Biological Sciences. Her time as a research fellow focused on the development of new yeast strains for the wine industry and she was appointed a lecturer in microbiology and general oenology for the Wine Science programme at the University of Auckland. Rebecca achieved a Distinction pass in both the WSET Intermediate and Advanced qualifications in Wines and Spirits. Rebecca has been an associate judge at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards for five years and is a senior judge for Winestate Magazine. 

James Rowan

James Rowan has been the senior winemaker at West Brook Winery in Auckland, a family-owned winery established in 1935, for the past 13 years, making wine from Matakana, Auckland, Waiheke Island, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and Marlborough. James has been a senior wine judge at numerous New Zealand wine competitions including Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Gisborne Regional Wine Awards, the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards and the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. James is also a senior cider judge. Over the years, James has chosen to share his passion and knowledge for wine with various New Zealand magazines and trade publications. 

Jane Boyle

Jane Boyle has been heavily involved in the New Zealand and Australian wine industries for over 30 years. As a highly sought after wine judge and consultant, Jane tastes thousands of wines each year. With extensive experience in most facets of the wine industry, Jane’s expertise has seen her judge at numerous international and national wine competitions, including the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Romeo Bragato Wine Awards, New Zealand International Wine Show and the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. She is also a regular wine judging panellist for Cuisine magazine.

Jane Cooper

Jane Cooper is an experienced winemaker with 25 years of international experience and her own wine label, Alexia. Winemaking has allowed Jane to travel across the globe to Chile, the Hunter Valley, Italy and extensively throughout New Zealand. She has worked at Matahiwi Estate in the Wairarapa as the General Manager and Chief Winemaker and currently consults at Ohau Wines on the Kapiti Coast. Jane has previously judged at both the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards and the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. This will be her second year as a judge for the New World Wine Awards.

Simon Fell

Simon Fell has 23 years of winemaking experience, working in wine regions throughout the world. Following vintages in Central Otago, Oregon, Bordeaux and Western Australia, Simon returned to New Zealand to add a Wine Science Diploma to his Bachelor of Science degree, before taking up a position at Esk Valley Estate. Simon worked in France, Napa Valley and Chile before returning to New Zealand in 2003 to work for Vidal Wines. Simon has been a winemaker at Thornbury Wines since 2006. He has judged in New Zealand and Australia over many years, including the International Cool Climate Wine Show in Melbourne, Gisborne Regional Wine Awards, Romeo Bragato Wine Awards and frequently appears on numerous magazine panels.

Terry Copeland

Terry has been judging wine for over 20 years and has judged at over 60 wine competitions in New Zealand and overseas. He is also Chairman of Judges for the International Aromatic Wine Competition held in Canterbury. As a wine specialist, he has contributed to six international wine books and was a Wine Article of the Year finalist at the prestigious International Gourmet Summit Awards in Singapore in 2002. Whilst he has had senior roles within the wine industry, including Wine Editor for Wine & Dine magazine in Hong Kong, Terry is currently the CEO of New Zealand Young Farmers, a key primary industries organisation focused on attracting and developing the next generation of rural leaders.

Shona White, Chief Steward

Shona White is highly regarded for her ongoing contribution to the wine and hospitality industries and has played the vital role of Chief Steward at the New World Wine Awards for 11 years. She has spent nearly 30 years as a steward, assistant chief steward, chief steward and competition director of many of New Zealand’s most prominent wine shows, including the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards and the Liquorland Top 100 Spiegelau Wine Awards. Shona has been the competition co-ordinator for the Air New Zealand Wine Awards for nine years and has been extensively involved in Cuisine magazine’s wine tastings, the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards, the Marlborough Wine Show and the Hawke’s Bay Wine Awards. Shona holds a Diploma in Wine Marketing from Adelaide University and a Graduate Diploma in Business (Human Resources) from University of Auckland. For 14 years she was a senior lecturer at the School of Hospitality and Tourism at Auckland University of Technology.

Associate Judges

New World offers the opportunity for Liquor Managers and store owners with an interest and passion for wine to become Associate Judges. Each year we have up to eight Associate Judges who judge the wines at the New World Wine Awards competition alongside the professional judges.

It's an incredible experience to spend three days in the company of some of the world's best known winemakers, judging, discussing and analysing the wines in the competition. The Associates provide a score and opinion on each wine, but their scores don’t count towards the final mark. This incredibly valuable experience helps them make recommendations and answer your questions about wine.

The New World Wine Awards 2017 Associate Judges were:

Cameron Lovell – New World Wigram
Cathy McCullum – New World Melody’s
Jim Bishop – New World Railway Metro
Melanie Shore – New World Blenheim
Nichelle Jenkins – New World Glenview
Roslyn Dalton – New World Hillcrest

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